Dave chats with Robert Lukins’ about his novel The Everlasting Sunday.
Robert is a Melbourne-based writer whose memories of an obscure English village, a decaying manor house and a record freezing winter inspired the setting for TheEverlasting Sunday. In his twenties Robert found himself a postman in a tiny border village in Shropshire, England; rising at 3.00am to ride a Royal Mail pushbike through snow-bound, cobbled streets. His final delivery would be to a decrepit mansion set alone from the town. That strange house and those lonely rides through the white hills planted the seeds for a unique and intense tale. Also inspired in part by real homes for troubled youth set up in rural England in the 1950s-1960s, TheEverlasting Sunday is a story about what people do to survive, and how we tether ourselves to each other. It examines the power and fragility of friendship, isolation, youth mental health, and abuse and its consequences. At once both beautiful and brutal, The Everlasting Sunday is a haunting debut novel.